Protect Your Child’s Oral Health from Flu Season

January 21, 2024

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Young girl blowing her nose in a tissueShorter days and chilly weather kick off cold and flu season. While you promote handwashing and disinfecting germy surfaces, you can’t always stop your little one from getting a case of the sniffles. You turn to home remedies and OTC medications to combat your child’s symptoms. Although throat lozenges and cough syrup might help keep them comfortable, they can affect their oral health. Here’s how to keep their mouth healthy while battling cold and flu season.

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Why Do Teeth Shift Over Time?

January 11, 2024

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Close up of clear aligner and dental moldHave you noticed gaps between your teeth that didn’t use to be there? Maybe your teeth are overlapping or tilted? Your teeth can shift over time. Not only can this affect the appearance of your smile, but your oral health and functions can suffer, too. Here’s what might be causing your teeth to move and what you can do to stop them from shifting.

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Surviving the Holidays with Invisalign

December 14, 2023

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Woman in dentist’s chair inserting clear alignerInvisalign is an investment in a healthy, beautiful smile. If you chose clear aligners to fix your bite and alignment, don’t let the holidays add delays to your journey to a straight smile. You can still enjoy the season while keeping your treatment on track. Here’s your go-to guide for navigating the holidays with Invisalign.

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What are Invisalign Refinements?

November 10, 2023

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Gloved hand holding clear alignerIf your teen is using Invisalign to fix their bite and alignment, their orthodontist explained what to expect during your treatment. You may not have expected them to require Invisalign refinements. About 20% of people who choose clear aligners require refinements, which are additional aligners needed after already wearing Invisalign. Don’t worry if their orthodontist must adjust your child’s treatment plan. Here’s why they may need refinements and what they can do to prevent any additional complications along the way.

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Tips for Eating Holiday Meals with Braces

November 2, 2023

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Christmas ornaments and garland The holidays are here! As you shop for the perfect gifts and enjoy the festive decorations, you’ll be surrounded by many delicious foods that will tempt your taste buds. Unfortunately, certain seasonal favorites can damage your braces. A broken wire or bracket is the last thing you want to interrupt your holiday plans. You can avoid an orthodontic emergency by following 6 tips for braces-friendly meals.

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The Best & Worst Halloween Candy for Braces

October 5, 2023

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Two children in skeleton costumes looking in candy bucketsBraces come with a list of do’s and don’ts to ensure there aren’t any complications with your child’s treatment plan, like not chewing gum. With Halloween right around the corner, your little one won’t have to miss out on the festivities; however, their orthodontist has a few words of caution when choosing candy. 

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Invisalign Do’s and Don’ts

September 5, 2023

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Close up of woman’s teeth wearing InvisalignIf you’ve started your journey to a straight smile with Invisalign, you’ve made a great investment. You won’t have to worry about the appearance of brackets or wires when fixing your bite and alignment. However, there are a few things you should know to ensure there aren’t any unexpected complications along the way. Here are the top do’s and don’ts of Invisalign.

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5 Back-to-School Tips for Teens with Invisalign

August 15, 2023

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Student sitting at desk in classroomA new school year is right around the corner. Besides a new backpack and shoes, something your child will be wearing clear aligners as they head back to the classroom. Your teen has started their journey to a straight smile with Invisalign. Although no one will notice their aligners, your teen can’t forget about them while they’re in school. Here are 5 back-to-school tips to help your child navigate the new school year with Invisalign.

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Summer Activities That Can Be Dangerous for Your Smile

July 21, 2023

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Young woman in swimming poolSummer is here! As you head outside to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm temperatures, don’t let a day of fun turn into a dental emergency. Believe it or not, summer can be a bad time for your dental health. You don’t want bad news next time you see your dentist. Here are 4 ways summer can harm your oral health and what you can do to safeguard your smile.

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Questions to Ask at Your First Orthodontic Appointment

July 10, 2023

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Metal braces on dental moldStraight teeth are important for more than a beautiful smile. The positions of teeth affect oral health and functions. Bite and alignment issues can even influence confidence. Thankfully, many orthodontic treatments are available to fix bad bites and misaligned teeth. Whether you or your child needs braces, here are 5 questions to ask during your orthodontic consultation.

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